[TELEVISION WATCH] On a day that offered so much promise about soccer's future -- the announcement of a new five-year collective bargaining agreement and the opening of Red Bull Arena -- viewers tuning into the Red Bulls' game against Santos on Fox Soccer Channel were reminded of soccer's sorrowful past with some horrendous production work.
On the Estonian Joel Lindpere's opening goal, the ball flew off the screen before it reached the goal.
It was the reverse on the third goal, set up by a wonderful counterattack from Sinisa Ubiparipovic to Macoumba Kandji to Dane Richards on the right side. You never saw Richards. All you saw was the Jamaican's shot fly across the screen into the goal.
They were just a few of many shots where the ball wasn't framed on the SD screen cropped from an HD feed.
Play-by-play man Mark Rogandino didn't help matters. He described Lindpere's opening goal as from "the left foot of Robinson ..." -- the same Carl Robinson, whom he called the "23-year player from Wales." Robinson could only wish he was so young.
"John Agudelo" was introduced as Robinson's replacement after halftime, a "quote-unquote guest player," according to Rogandino with little more than the preseason stats for a player who is New York's most promising young player since Jozy Altidore.